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  Jim Gordon

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Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon, born James Beck Gordon on July 14, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, is an American-born drummer, recording artist, and songwriter. A Grammy Award winning artist, Gordon was one of the most requested session drummers throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, recording albums with many well-known musicians of the time, and was the drummer in the blues rock supergroup Derek and the Dominos, Little Richard, and Delaney & Bonnie, which at the time included Eric Clapton.

Gordon's first professional gig as a drummer was with The Everly Brothers in 1963. A popular session drummer in Los Angeles, Gordon recorded with Mason Williams on the hit "Classical Gas", "Pet Sounds" with The Beach Boys, "Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers" and "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" with The Byrds in 1968.

Gordon played drums on Derek and the Dominos' 1970 double album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, as well as the elegiac piano coda for the title track, "Layla", which was co-written by Gordon and Clapton. He also played with the band on subsequent U.S. and UK tours. The group split in spring 1971 before they finished recording their second album.

Gordon worked with the likes of Joe Cocker, Dave Mason, Traffic, Harry Nilsson, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, Alice Cooper, and the Incredible Bongo Band.

In 1983, Gordon, at the time an undiagnosed schizophrenic, murdered his mother and was sentenced to sixteen years to life in prison. He is still in prison to this day. James Beck Gordon: The Drum Czar is a recent article (April 2012) written about Jim Gordon playing drums in prison.

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